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UPDATED: Warning Issued for Runners Near Grant Park

Man grabbed woman on early morning run.

Atlanta police are looking for a man who accosted a female runner near Grant Park in the early morning hours of Aug. 27.

The incident took place just before 6:30 a.m. near Confederate Avenue SE and Boulevard.

The victim, 38, told police she was jogging north along Boulevard and was near Confederate Avenue when came up behind her and pinched her buttocks.

She screamed, resisted and escaped.

Her attacker ran south on Boulevard and most likely into Grant Park.

The victim's accoster is described as being black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a low haircut and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored, long-sleeve shirt, a dark-colored pair of warm-up pants and carrying a dark-colored bag.

In general, joggers and runners need to be aware of what's happenening around them as it relates to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic they may encounter.

The Road Runners Club of America offers these guidelines:

  • Don’t wear headphones. Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss during evening or early morning runs.
  • Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. By facing on-coming traffic, you may be able to react quicker than if it is behind you.
  • Look both ways before crossing. Be sure the driver of a car acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle. Obey traffic signals.
  • Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information.
  • Always stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
  • Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call. Know the locations of public phones along your regular route.
  • Trust your intuition about a person or an area. React on your intuition and avoid a person or situation if you’re unsure. If something tells you a situation is not “right”, it isn’t.
  • Alter or vary your running route pattern; run in familiar areas if possible. In unfamiliar areas, such as while traveling, contact a local RRCA club or running store. Know where open businesses or stores are located in case of emergency.
  • Run with a partner. Run with a dog.
  • Write down or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.
  • Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails. Avoid unlit areas, especially at night. Run clear of parked cars or bushes.
  • Ignore verbal harassment and do not verbally harass others. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
  • Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after dark. Avoid running on the street when it is dark.
  • Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics of strangers.
  • Carry a noisemaker. Get training in self-defense.
  • When using multi-use trails, follow the rules of the road. If you alter your direction, look over your should before crossing the trail to avoid a potential collision with an oncoming cyclist or passing runner.
  • Call police immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. It is important to report incidents immediately.
Mark Tinker August 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I always carry a noisemaker
Péralte Paul August 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
No.
Péralte Paul August 29, 2012 at 03:21 AM
We received updated information from APD and I've updated the story.
Tomathy August 30, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Shouldn't we be able to run through the park listening to music without having to worry about someone trying to rape, rob, or kill us?
Political Gadfly August 31, 2012 at 03:07 AM
What do you have a better chance of finding in the Grant Park area ? A working public phone, you know the kind that takes quarters or an Atlanta cop when you are being attacked ? I'm just curious.

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